Answer it,, of course. You're the only one who HAS a cell phone at work, duh, what a stupid question.
Leap at the sound of it - it's so frightening - your nerves are ON EDGE lately!
Roll your eyes, grit your teeth, and prepare for another inane conversation between your cube-mate and her hairstylist/father/brother/child/dog etc
What cell phone?
Aren't around, but find out later that your coworkers got assigned to it. Silently, you laugh at them.
Hope not to make eye contact with the boss, but.. alas, it's too late. He saw you look at him. You take on the job and do it as well as you can.
Wait to see if anyone else takes up the call. You bend over to pick something up frm the floor and when you look up again, the boss is looking your way. You do the work without complaining - and never mention it again.
You sigh and roll your eyes. You think about the possibility of announcing an injury that will get you out of it. You hold your breath and the boss picks someone else. Oh Hurray!!!
You need to get in good aftern taking an extra long lunch, so you volunteer to do it. The boss is pleased. Later, you develop some sort of stomach illness and have to leave, asking your coworkers to finish. They don't mind. Besides, you didn't know what to do, really, anyway.
Don't mention it unless they mention it. If they DO mention it you read the situation and are as supportive as possible.
Immediately point it out. Not only do you notice right away, but you make sure everyone else does, and you put them on the spot about it. You don't understand why no one will talk to you for the rest of the day.
Forget if that person used to work here before your extended leave.. did they? Oh well, who cares.
Pretend you didn't notice - no matter how drastic the cut is.
Tell everyone about the time your friend got a really bad haircut which led to the breakup of a formerly solid relationship and how, subsequently, you dated one half of the former couple and now neither of them will speak to you.
Make a huge show of stepping up to take over their work. You email everyone involved, multiple times if necessary, just to let them know that they can deal with you on this most special of special days.
Think the best parts of a "team" are the "m" and the "e" parts. So what if that work doesn't get done. Big deal.
Pick up the slack fearing that if you don't, something very bad will happen (to you, tomorrow or the next day)
Do some behind the scenes stuff that will take th pressure off the person who picked up the extra work - and hope no one notices just in case you're doing it wrong.
Mention how you've got a special assignment you're working on, or how a rule prohibits you from helping. That ought to make everyone understand that if it were up to YOU, you'd help, but since you don't make the rules... well, your hands are tied, my friend. Timbit?
Uh-oh. Oh no. OH NO!
It isn't fair! That job looks fun, and important, and all the cool kids get to do it. But then nothing about my life is fair! Why is the world picking on me??? WHY?
Thank goodness the boss understands that I am superior to these peons. I'm glad that's finally straightened out. Now I can try to learn to program my phone!
Damn it, I missed the pie!
Huh? Oh well. I guess I should be thankful I can concentrate on what I was doing before the new assignment came along.
To make appointments and deal with family business, of course - there isn't time at NIGHT to do these things!
Get advice from as many people as possible on what happened in the 16 hours since you were last at work.
Not to piss anyone off.
Get work done and hopefully get in line for that promotion.
To look busy.